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Aesopian language was used by all of us. And of course, using this language meant having readers who understood it.
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Amin hid nothing. Everybody knew everything. Yet the American Senate only introduced a resolution breaking off trade with Amin three months before his overthrow.
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Amin is the shame of the whole world. The fact that he managed to rule so long and commit so many crimes was only possible thanks to the hypocrisy of the East and the West who were waging the Cold War for world domination.
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Amin knew that neither West nor East would criticize him for fear that he would support the other side. He felt he was untouchable and he said so openly.
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Amin managed to invite both the US and Soviet ambassadors to his palace at the very same time and then deliberately kept them together in his waiting room.
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At that time Uganda had four aircraft, one of which was at the exclusive disposal of Amin. It would fly to London on shopping trips for the president and his entourage. In Uganda there was nothing.
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Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives.
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Conditions were so hard. To send the news out, telex was the only means, but telex was very rare in Africa. So if somebody was flying to Europe, we gave him correspondence to send after he arrived.
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Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve.
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He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him. Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death, because he feared they would rebel.
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I didn't compete with the New York Times, because the Polish press agency is a small piece of cake, not important.
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I remember in 1978 meeting two Ugandan captains in the hotel talking Russian. They had been educated in Moscow and since they came from different Ugandan peoples, it was the only way they could understand one another.
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I remember that during the period leading up to independence in Angola in 1975, I was the only correspondent there at all for three months.
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I remember the atmosphere of danger: there was the expectation that the Congo might begin a new world war. I say this today and people just smile.
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I started in journalism in 1950. I was 18, and the newspaper people came to ask me to work. I learned journalism through practice.
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I'll tell you what colonial experience is.
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I'm trying to put more elements of the essay into my writing.
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If the state is oppressive, then it is oppressive, but you can't revolt against it. The cult of authority is very strong in Russian society.
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In modern Russia, you have no official, formal assessment of this past. Nobody in any Russian document has said that the policy of the Soviet government was criminal, that it was terrible. No one has ever said this.
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In order to feel contempt, you generally need to cherish some kind of feelings.
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In the First World War, there was the sudden passion of nationalism, and the killing took place because of these emotions. But the Soviet case is different, because you had systematic murder, like the Holocaust.
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In the morning Amin would manage to be cheerful, but in the evening he fell into a temper or depression.
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In the Russian experience, although the Russian state is oppressive, it is their state, it is part of their fabric, and so the relation between Russian citizens and their state is complicated.
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Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands.
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Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers - there were British, French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a lot of Italian communities there. And of course there were a lot of Russians.
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My first trip to Africa came when the first countries south of the Sahara became independent, in 1958. Ghana was the first African country I visited.
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My writing is a combination of three elements. The first is travel: not travel like a tourist, but travel as exploration. The second is reading literature on the subject. The third is reflection.
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Official Russian state doctrine and foreign policy doesn't mention the Bolshevik policy of expansion. It doesn't condemn it.
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Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve.
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People were really interested in what was going on because of the international context of the Cold War.
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Readership was high, and very attentive. It was people's only source of knowledge about the world.
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Soviet military experts were flying to Kampala, mainly because Amin was invading Tanzania.
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Stalin killed all our intelligentsia. It wasn't just that he killed 100,000 people, he purposely killed the 100,000 who were our only intelligentsia.
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The Cold War in Africa is one of the darkest, most disgraceful pages in contemporary history, and everybody ought to be ashamed.
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The Cold War was waged in a particularly brutal and cynical way in Africa, and Africa seemed powerless to do anything to stop it.
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The extent of one man's guilt may be defined by how much of it is experienced by the party he injured.
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The official independence celebration was going to be held over four or five days, and a group of journalists from all over the world was allowed to fly in, because Angola was closed otherwise.
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The period of good relations between Uganda and Israel gave way to the events of 1976, when Amin gave his backing to the Palestinian terrorists who hijacked an Israeli passenger plane.
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The similarity between Africa and Poland is that we were also a colonized country. We were a colony for 130 years.
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The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.
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There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively. First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God.
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There is a fundamental difference between the Polish experience of the state and the Russian experience. In the Polish experience, the state was always a foreign power. So, to hate the state was a patriotic act.
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There is a lack of critical assessment of the past. But you have to understand that the current ruling elite is actually the old ruling elite. So they are incapable of a self-critical approach to the past.
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They had very limited knowledge. This was very typical of the European understanding of Africa, which is full of stereotypes and biases. There was a certain fascination with Africa. Maybe it has something to do with our literature.
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This is the most intimate relationship between literature and its readers: they treat the text as a part of themselves, as a possession.
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Underground literature only began in the '70s, when technical developments made it possible. Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors. That was our struggle.
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We all cooperated, all of us, East and West, regardless of country, because the working conditions were really terrible.
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We always moved in groups from one coup d'etat to another, from one war to another.
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We have such a mixture now, such a fusion of different genres.
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When I started writing Imperium, I had a problem with my conscience, because if I wrote strictly from the point of view of this Polish experience, the book would be completely incomprehensible to the Western reader.
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When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.
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When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself.
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Without Amin nothing functioned, nothing existed.
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